Boston College - Connecticut Matchup

Boston College and the University of Connecticut will meet on Friday night to see who gains the early upper hand in the Big East Conference. The Eagles are 2-0 following an impressive win against Penn State. UConn is also 2-0 thanks to a 22-20 comeback victory over Duke. Here are the key players:

The Quarterbacks
Paul Peterson -- 57.0% comp, 1,128 yards, 10 TD, 7 INT
Dan Orlovsky -- 58.7% comp, 3,485 yards, 33 TD, 14 INT

Top Rushers
Andre Callender (2004) -- 113 yards, 4.2 ypc, 0 TD
  Jeff Ross (2004) -- 39 yards, 2.3 ypc, 0 TD
Cornell Brockington -- 643 yards, 4.9 ypc, 10 TD
  Matt Lawrence -- 45 yards, 3.3 ypc, 1 TD

Top Receivers
Grant Adams (WR) -- 46 catches, 720 yards, 5 TD
  Joel Hazard (WR) -- 32 catches, 401 yards, 0 TD
  Dave Kashetta (TE) -- 18 catches, 262 yards, 4 TD
Keron Henry (WR) -- 39 catches, 662 yards, 4 TD
  Brandon Young (WR) -- 28 catches, 399 yards, 4 TD

Top Defenders
Mattias Kiwanuka (DE) -- 83 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 24 QB hurries
  Will Blackmon (CB) -- 64 tackles, 4 INT, 10 passes broken up
Maurice Lloyd (LB) -- 122 tackles, 15 tackles for loss
  Alfred Fincher (LB) -- 115 tackles, 10 tackles for loss
  Tyler King (DE) -- 77 tackles, 8 sacks
  Justin Perkins (CB) -- 69 tackles, 6 INT, 15 passes broken up

The Kickers
Ryan Ohliger (2004) -- 0/0 FG, 4/4 PAT
Matthew Nuzie -- 11/21 FG, 47/49 PAT

The Punters
Johnny Ayers (2004) -- 39.9 yards per kick
Shane Hussar (2004) -- 33.0 yards per kick

The Kick Returners
Will Blackmon (2004) -- 43.7 yds per KO return (1 TD), 9.2 yds per punt return
Jason Williams -- 23.9 yards per KO ret

Final Analysis
If you read UConn football message boards, you might think that the Huskies are the same caliber as USC, LSU, Miami and Oklahoma. Those of us that live on planet Earth realize that Connecticut is an improving program but is not close to competing for a BCS title. Still, Boston College cannot overlook UConn. The Huskies have a chance to win on Friday if (a) star QB Dan Orlovsky has a huge game and (b) the Eagles continue to commit silly penalties and fumble the ball. Orlovsky has feasted on bad teams, but he has also held his own against some decent competition. If is imperative that BC does a better job pressuring Orlovsky than they did Zack Mills of Penn State. Mills missed several open receivers. Orlovsky is not likely to do the same. I don't anticipate UConn being effective running the ball against BC so Orlovsky will be the key.

On the other side of the ball, BC should have a huge advantage if they can stay ahead in the game, run the ball and dominate the time of possession. The BC offensive line outweighs UConn's defensive line by an average of 41 pounds per man (UConn's offensive line has a 25 pound advantage on BC's defensive front four). That advantage should pay dividends, especially in the fourth quarter. If Paul Peterson plays as well as he did against Penn State and BC avoids silly mistakes, they should cruise to a victory.

Prediction: Boston College 31 UConn 16

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Connecticut by the Numbers

UConn QB Dan Orlovsky has passed for 8,024 passing yards and 66 TDs in his college career.

Connecticut returns 8 starters on offense and 7 starters on defense from last season.

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2003 Statistic BC CT
Offense - Run 31 34
Offense - Pass 52 10
Defense - Run 30 45
Defense - Pass 74 32